8/11 v Angels. Win the Series.

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The Angels replaced a LH starter with a RH reliever. Travis has a big platoon split (ie, he sucks against RHP). Moreland has a platoon split too -- he hits better against RHP.

This was one case where Cora made the right call in the middle innings.
I'd still rather see whether Travis could hit a righthander. Maybe I'm just old and crotchety today, but just denying Travis the chance to come through is too much spreadsheet-think for me
 

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That had immaculate inning written all over it. Kudos to our formidable leadoff hitter for staving off a few extra pitches at 0-2 before weakly popping up. That's why he's in the 1 hole.
 

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Nice play. I would submit that golf is the ultimate mind game though. I would allow that pitching can get mental, whereas hitting is see ball/hit ball, not so much.
I don't think players can navigate HS baseball, TCU baseball, the minors, and stay in the MLB for 10 years while avoiding the "pressure to win" but YRMV. Seems like a comment that should have been retired along with the idea that you can tell how well someone can play baseball by looking at their "good face" or physique.
 

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I don't think players can navigate HS baseball, TCU baseball, the minors, and stay in the MLB for 10 years while avoiding the "pressure to win" but YRMV. Seems like a comment that should have been retired along with the idea that you can tell how well someone can play baseball by looking at their "good face" or physique.
I happen to believe in clutch, but I know that concept is hotly-contested. Just having a bit of fun here in the gamethread, DBMH.
 

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Serious question: how effective has the Barnes strategy been? He's supposed to be pitching against the meat of the opposing order, and so theoretically would have a tougher go of it than a relief pitcher who was used more randomly. Anyone ever dig into the those numbers?
 

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Serious question: how effective has the Barnes strategy been? He's supposed to be pitching against the meat of the opposing order, and so theoretically would have a tougher go of it than a relief pitcher who was used more randomly. Anyone ever dig into the those numbers?
Well, a record setting Sox team with an epic run through the playoffs and an easy WS win with a traditional closer. So let’s try a new strategy that has never really been successful. Genius.